The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences


Register Now for the 2014 New Hampshire Millennial Action Summit on May 3!

2014 New Hampshire Millennial Action SummitA Symposium on Healthcare and Education in the 21st CenturySaturday, May 3, at Dartmouth College 
Register here. Early registration ends on Tuesday, April 22nd.

Expert speakers and industry executives will come together to discuss the changing healthcare and education landscapes. Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a keynote, two breakouts, and three panels.  

Education topics include: 
Common Core curriculum, teacher preparation and quality instruction, meaning assessment, and higher education cost transformations.

Healthcare topics include: 
Value-based care, pharmaceutical and biotech growth, non-physician primary care providers, and innovations in health care delivery.

Breakout sessions involve active participation and will allow for thoughtful discussion and debate.

Preliminary List of Speakers and Panelists:

PRS Students Present on New Hampshire’s #Medicaid Managed Care Plan

PRS student Mark Sheridan ’15 testifies to various New Hampshire officials regarding the NH Medicaid Managed Care Plan on June 25, 2013, in Concord, New Hampshire.  PRS student Lorelei Yang ’15 was also presenting.

Mark Sheridan and Lorelei Yang from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center Policy Research Shop traveled to Concord on June 25, 2013 to present on the implementation of New Hampshire’s Medicaid managed care plan.  NH State Representative Laurie Harding and members of the NH Senate requested a report on the topic. 

Rocky Remembers C. Everett Koop '36; Dedication to Medicine and Health Policy

On Monday, February 25, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop ’37 passed away in his Hanover home at the age of 96.

Koop will be remembered for his vibrant personality and unwavering passion to help others through medicine.  In 1993, he was honored with the Nelson A. Rockefeller Distinguished Public Service Award.

After his tenure as Surgeon General during the Reagan administration, Koop returned to his alma mater and shared his wisdom with Dartmouth students through public lectures at the Rockefeller Center. 

For example, in 1994, Dr. Koop gave a speech entitled,  "Health Care: Will Reform Deprive us of the Opportunities?" at the Hinman Forum. He stressed the importance of maintaining good health and shared personal anecdotes from his long and distinguished career in medicine and healthcare-related public policy.

Film & Discussion: "ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare" on Tuesday 2/12 at 4:30 PM in Rockefeller 003

Having narrowly survived the Supreme Court’s 5-4 split decision, the Affordable Care Act, popularly deemed “Obamacare,” is anxiously awaited – for its benefits and its potential repercussions. This law, through its controversial Individual Mandate, will provide every American citizen with medical coverage. The law largely fails to address the bigger issue, however, which is the astronomically high cost of care in the U.S. as compared to other developed countries.

ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, a powerful documentary by filmmakers Matthew Heineman and Susan Froemke, chronicles the numerous powerful forces stagnating our current system by maintaining the status quo. Our broken system currently aims at quick fixes, rather than prevention—for profit-driven care rather than patient-driven care. America’s healthcare system is a hostage of powerful corporate interests, and the health of the nation is the victim. ESCAPE FIRE is about finding a way out of our current crisis.

Ad Fontes Forum To Be Held on Thursday, April 12th at 4:30 PM; Focus on Health Care Policy

Read below for an announcement about the 2nd Annual Ad Fontes Forum, a Rockefeller Center Co-Sponsored Event focused on health policy.  

How health care information technology can save babies; Patient Safety and Acute Kidney Injury - Recent Topics of Health Policy Faculty Workshops

On January 19, 2012, the Health Policy Faculty Workshop hosted Dr. Amalia Miller, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Virginia.  Her talk was entitled, "Can Health Care Information Save Babies?".  Dr. Miller discussed the role health care information technology as it pertains to successful child-birth. 

According to Professor Ellen Meara, "Amalia Miller's talk on Health IT and neonatal outcomes spurred a lively and informative debate that helped us all think about the potential for IT to improve health outcomes, how privacy laws can have unintended health consequences, and methodological considerations that help us interpret neonatal outcomes we observe in communities around the country."

Several Spring Term Public Policy Courses Available - Includes Health Policy, Leadership and more

Looking for a spring course?  Consider one of the Center's public policy offerings below.

Brand New PUBLIC POLICY COURSE – Spring ‘12!
PBPL 10: Statistical Analysis for Public PolicyProfessor Benjamin Cole, 12S:10A

Public policy analysis involves quantitative methods and statistical methods in particular. PBPL 10 introduces students to basic statistical techniques and to the statistical software package, STATA, with a heavy emphasis on application, from the initial stages of data exploration to presentation of results. Coursework will involve “real world” policies and problems and will utilize existing datasets from the public policy sphere. The course will also consider research design and the ethics of quantitative policy research. Because of the large overlap in material covered, no student may receive credit for more than one of the courses Public Policy 10, Economics 10, Government 10, Mathematics 10, Psychology 10, Mathematics and Social Sciences 15, or Sociology 10 except by special petition. Dist: QDS

Also Available:

"Healthcare Litigation: US States v. US Government" with VA Solicitor General on Feb. 15 at 4:30 PM

America’s health care future lies in the balance, and Virginia’s Solicitor General E. Duncan Getchell, Jr., is one of the key figures in the legislative battle surrounding “Obamacare.” The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the subject of numerous lawsuits; Getchell was instrumental in the Commonwealth of VA v. Sebelius case, where the State of Virginia claimed the new health care bill infringed on states’ rights.

Getchell will speak of the current litigation between the 28 states, including Virginia, and the U.S. Government, specifically:


  • The arguments against the constitutionality of the health care mandate are doctrinally modest.
  • The arguments in favor of Congress's power to require a citizen to purchase a good or service from another citizen lack principled limits and are therefore doctrinally extravagant.
  • The novelty of the claimed power gives rise to a presumption against Congress having the power.


NEW Winter 2012 Public Policy Course Now Available for Enrollment

It's time for Winter 2012 course selection!  We are happy to announce a brand new offering: 

PBPL 52: Leadership in Political Institutions
Professor Linda Fowler, 12W:2A
This course explores how political leaders in the U.S. reconcile the constraints of public office with the opportunities to make major changes in society. Drawing from diverse materials on the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government, the course explores the following questions: How does leadership differ in the public and private spheres? What personal skills and attributes affect the success or failure of leaders of political institutions? What criteria do/should citizens apply to public leaders? How do political context and historical contingency shape institutional leadership? Dist: SOC; WCult: W.

Panel and BBQ on June 29: How Does National Health Policy Affect Local Hospitals?

*** PROGRAM UPDATE:  A couple of updates to today's event - due to the threat of rain, the event will be held in the rain location -- Hinman Forum (atrium area) of the Rockefeller Center.  Also, Ms. Formella will not be able to join us for the event. Tina Naimie, Vice President of Corporate Finance for Dartmouth-Hitchcock, will take her place on the panel.  Stinsons BBQ still available at 5 PM in the Rocky Overhang area near the Center's front entrance. ***

The 2010-2011 First-Year Fellows and the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth are pleased to present the following panel and BBQ to kick off summer programming.  We hope that you can join us!


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